It’s that time of year again, when we reflect on the year behind us and write our resolutions for the 365 days to come. According to Harvard Social Psychologists, it typically only takes 30 days to break our heartfelt resolutions.

Below are some tips to help you set attainable goals that will make you feel better and set you up for success in setting and achieving your goals in the new year:

WRITE IT DOWN - Create one resolution versus many, be specific, and write it down. Keep it in front of you each day, perhaps on a bulletin board or in your phone notes. "Finding a new job" is too general, put parameters and metrics around your goal, i.e. "Have 3 job interviews schedule in the next 90 days."

SET YOUR INTENTION - Make sure to ask yourself, "Why is this really important to me? How will this bring value into my life?" If you can't answer those two questions, then choose a new resolution. You don't want to waste your time and energy on anything that isn't going to tangibly improve your well-being.

SHARE IT - Identify someone you trust or work with a personalized coach to report your goal to and have them hold you accountable in some way. Accountability is key in goal setting, and getting others involved in your journey often helps.     

BE PRESENT - Focus on the here and now. Come up with one action each day that will move you closer to your goal and get it done. Then celebrate your milestones as they happen, not at the end of the year when you reevaluate your performance. Ongoing support and feedback is crucial for achieving your goals!

GET BACK ON THE HORSE - Be prepared to make mistakes and veer off track from your goal. You're a human, after all! But, when you do fall off, have the courage and confidence to remind yourself that it's okay, your goal is still waiting and attainable, and start over again.

Cheers to a 2017 that is designed and created by YOU!


Jodi Ashbrook